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good morning. president obama and speaker of the house boehner both tell the nation the other side is asking for too much in the debt limit talks. >> a significant number of republicans in congress are insisting on a different approach -- a cuts-only approach, an approach that doesn't ask the wealthiest americans or biggest corporations to contribute anything at all. >> the sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago and he wants a blank check today. this is just not going to happen. >> reaction to both speeches. also we take a look at whether congress can actually pass anything before next week's deadline. >> the man who confessed to killing 76 people in norway 's ter error attacks is lock eed u.
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there was a slow police response to the attack. >> and a 6-year-old north carolina girl survives ashark attack. she's set to walk out of the hospital but she'll speak with us along with her parents to talk about the terrifying ordeal. they join us this morning, july ordeal. they join us this morning, july 26, 2011. captioning funded by cbs good tuesday morning to you. i'm erica hill. >> i'm chris wragge. nice to have you back. >> nice to be back. >> both sides of the debt debate accused the other side of moving the goal posts. and on a related story the nfl lockout is over. are you ready for some football? >> yes, i am. >> players and owners say they are happy with the deal. fans can be thrilled the season will open on time. we'll have much more on the
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blockbuster agreement and what it means for fans. >> do you know what's great about the story? there was movement. you take a week off and you think something will happen. not in washington. >> no. >> here we are again. the debt limit debate topping the news. this time with an angry message from the president to the nation. president obama urged congress to pass a comprehensive deal to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling saying the worl is watching the bitter political struggle. senior white house correspondent bill plante has more for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. the speech was a last-minute decision and set up a shootout with speaker boehner, the likes of which we have a rarely seen in the capitol. for the president it was one of the last cards he has to play. he appealed to the public to tell congress it wants his plan to cut spending and to cut tax breaks. >> the only reason this balanced approach isn't on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of
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republicans in congress are insisting on a different approach -- a cuts-only approach, an approach that doesn't ask the wealthiest americans or biggest corporations to contribute anything at all. >> reporter: the president accused republicans in congress of creating a dangerous stalemate which threatens that the government will run out of money to pay bills. social security, veterans' benefits and defense contracts, on august 2. >> this is an irresponsible outcome to the debate. >> reporter: republicans and democrats say they don't want to default. after weeks of negotiating both sides scaled back demands. the democrats' bill no longer calls for tax increases. the only remaining major difference is the president's demand for a vote to raise the debt ceiling through the 2012 election year. republicans want a second vote on a debt increase next year which the president said he would veto. last night he appealed for compromise saying americans are
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fed up. >> they are fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word. the american people may have voted for divided government but not for dysfunctional government. i'm asking you to make your voice heard. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner respondeded, charging that the president would not take yes for an answer in negotiations. >> the sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago and he wants a blank check today. this is just not going to happen. you see, there is no stalemate in congress. >> reporter: boehner says his bill can pass the house and senate. >> if the president signs it, it creates the atmosphere that he has created will disappear. >> reporter: the speaker was overheard after his speech last night muttering, i didn't take this job to go mano a mano with the president of the united states and it appears the president's appeal of may have had results. it appears louisiana night websites were overload ed and
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crashed after the speech. erica? >> bill, thanks. joining us in studio, cbs news chief correspondent bob schieffer. you said you could almost see steam coming out of the president's ears. did the president or speaker boehner accomplish anything with the speeches -- which is unusual for the president to do? >> i'm not sure they did, quite frankly. it seemed to me what was underlined last night is just how far afar the two sides are. there is a divide in the country over what to do about spending and what we want from government. and you are seeing that in the congress. the problem, erica, is you have gotten a lot of republicans here who were elected last time on a promise of never, ever raising taxes. on the other side you have democrats who promised never, ever to touch entitlement programs including social
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security. so while the leaders are ready to make a deal, it's the follower. there are a lot of people on both sides who think it would be political suicide to compromise. compromise has become a dirty word. >> also a four-letter word in washington. you bring up the fact that the leaders may be ready to compromise. who holds the strings? is it the parties, not the leaders? >> i'm not sure. i'm not sure who holds the strings now. i think that's what's wrong. speaker boehner can't deliver enough votes to get something that democrats will agree to. by the same token, nor can the president. we have never been in this position before. what's happened here, erica, is, you know, we have reached the point where it now takes so much money to get elected to congress that each of the members have to sign off with so many special interest groups bf they get to washington that once they are
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there, they can't compromise on anything. their positions are set in stone. so you have a congress that's dysfunctional. >> and more interested in getting re-elected or keeling with politicking. people are getting more fed up. the hill finding 51% of those polled said people are too unwilling to compromise. 71% say they are very or not at all confident lawmakers will come to a deal. you say it is the worst you have seen in washington. is there a chance of a deal here? >> i suppose in the end something will be worked out, but it may not be before the government has to start defaulting on financial obligatio obligations. i don't see the path to a deal now. there may be one, but i see nothing that's been said publically that indicates that deal is imminent. >> does it matter that they are so concerned about potential political suicide by compromising. does it matter that the american voter is fed up by congress and
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feels they are holding the economy hostage? >> we say, do they hear the people? they hear the people that give them money to finance campaigns. they hear the people that got them to washington. the question is what about the rest of us? i'm not sure they do. >> interesting. this may be a result of the president's call to get in touch with your congressman. as bill mentioned we saw some of the sites buckled under the traffic including speaker boehner's. >> that was, in a sentence, the president's message. obama to congress -- obama to the american people, call your congressman. i'm sure people will. i'm sure a lot of people called their congressman to say, don't do what the president wants you to do. the country is divided now. >> you will have more of this on the cbs evening news. >> i would guess. >> chris? >> now to the massacre that shocked norway. this morning the justice
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minister praised the police response to friday's bombings and shootings that left at least 76 people dead. according to his lawyer the suspect says others around the world are ready to follow in his footsteps. jeff glor is in oslo with the latest. >> reporter: he began the day in solitary confinement as norwegians gathered together. flowers fill the streets of oslo today. it was called the rose march, an extraordinary outpouring of remembrance in downtown oslo spurred first by a single user on facebook. crowds swelled to over 200,000. are you surprised how many people came out? >> no. >> no. it's a small country. everyone loves each other. >> reporter: it wasn't just norwegians. americans as well. i notice you came down with the american flag and the norwegian flag. >> yeah.
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that's correct. >> reporter: support for both countries. >> i just want the norwegians to know everyone is supporting them. >> reporter: norway's prime minister said, we are heartbroken but aren't letting fear break us. the result of this man who we got a glimpse of on friday. his face showing no emotion. police said he gave additional information that he may have worked with two other terrorist cells, both capable of future attacks. he'll spend four weeks in solitary with no communication. eight weeks of initial detention. the attacks, he does not deny, the massacre at a youth campground where 68 died and a car bombing in oslo which killed eight. he thought he could revolutionize europe, returning it to a land of white dominated. his view is as extreme as it gets. the tragedy launched a new
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debate in security in norway where the police are rarely armed. the police union said it would look at possibly changing the rules. jeff glor, cbs news. >> heartbreaking story. betty nguyen is here with the check of the headlines. >> good morning to you. a new study of census data shows the recession dramatically widened the wealth gap between whites and minorities. the net worth of the average white household in 2009 was just over $113,000 including retirement accounts and stock holdings. for hispanics it was around $6,300 and for blacks, $5,600. that's a 20 to 1 advantage for whites over blacks and 18 to 1 over hispanics. in 1985 the ratio was roughly 12 to 1. ford earned $2.4 billion, down
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from the previous quarter. it is ford's ninth straight quarterly profit. the u.s. post office is announcing new and deeper service cuts that could include closing up to 1 in 10 post offices around the country, most in rural areas. last year the postal service lost $8 billion. the partial shut-down of the f.a.a. is a big windfall for most u.s. airlines this morning. congress failed to fund the budget for the f.a.a., authorization to collect taxes on airline ticket expired. only three airlines though -- alaska air, frontier and virgin atlantic, are dropping fares. other airlines are collecting and keeping $200 million a week. mcdonald's is announcing big changes to its happy meals today. the los angeles times reports the fast food giant will add servings of fruits and veggies to the popular meals and the size of fries will shrink. look for changes in september.
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and that denver teenager mauled by a bear in alaska is describing the attack from his hospital bed. the weekend attack happened north of anchorage. 17-year-old sam gotsian was on a hike for a survival course. some got away and sam was lucky just to survive. >> i thought i was going to die when i was being attacked. i was so scareded. we saw the first person go around the corner, yell bear and run backwards. i looked behind me and the bear was behind me. i started running down the hill. it tackled me on the way down. >> he has a punctured lung, two broken legs, slashes on his arms and legs. let's look at the weather now. how is it shaping up marysol? >> it's shaping up.
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we have a water spout over lake erie from yesterday. several were reported. this one was recorded on tape. a water spout is essentially a tornado over water. it looks menacing but is actually 9 times out of 10, harmless. the catalyst is severe weather moving out of pennsylvania further into the northeast for today. we'll see off and on showers in and around new england. the temperatures rebounded nicely. 85 in new york. 80 in boston. watch for storms throughout the day. we continue to track the heat. these are cities that have had triple-digit heat just for 2011. san angelo has 60 days and the heat keeps coming.
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that's your latest weather. now to chris. good morning. >> good morning to you. at least one deal got done in washington. there will be an nfl season in september. player representatives unanimously approved a ten-year labor contract ending a four and a half-month lockout. armen keteyian has the latest for us. >> good news. the nfl opens for business today with teams allowed to sign some players and draft choices and some training camps starting tomorrow. it is the result of a labor deal that ensures the regular season will start on time. >> reporter: veteran nfl defensive tackle gary gibson, all 6'3", 305 pounds of him has
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been sweating a new labor deal. >> sometimes i worry what's going on, when will this get done? >> reporter: on monday it finally did. >> football's back. that's great news for everybody. >> reporter: over the weekend the two sides ironed out details some player reps charged never were discusseded. despite the owners voting 31-0 in favor of the proposal last week. now the longest work stoppage in history seems like history. >> it required both of us coming together to take stock of what's important and get the job done. >> reporter: in the big picture the agreement splits the league's estimated $9 billion in revenue virtually down the middle. players averaging at least 47%, slightly less than before. for the owners, there is a modest cap on skyrocketing contracts paid to top rookie draft choices while players got limits on off-season workouts and training camp practices. the league's controversial
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demand of an 18-game regular season tabled until at least 2013. >> we think through a ten-year agreement we secured the future of the game to ensure that pledge to bring great football to our fans. >> reporter: as the father of a new 3 1/2-month-old son it was great for gibson. the five-year vet is one of some 500 free agents set to enter a whirlwind of player signings and trades as the nfl officially opens for business. months of preseason activity slammed into a few weeks. >> i would imagine that must be set up. these guys have been waiting to sign people. i imagine deals are ready to go. >> reporter: a simple majority of the 1900 players is needed for passage. as part of the plan retired players are guaranteed about $1 billion more in much needed pension and health benefits over the next decade. good news for the men who helped to build the great game.
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>> that's a great measure passed and now free agency will be unbelievable. >> it's going to be wild. >> lots of players going to different teams. thanks. >> you bet. >> still ahead we meet a 6-year-old mauled by a shark in north carolina's outer banks making a brave recovery. this cutie joins us when we come back on "the early show." likeke, i feel the best approach to food is to keep it whole for better nutrition. and that's what they do with great grains cereal. see the seam on the wheat grain? same as on the flake. because great grains steams and bakes the actual whole grain. now check out the other guy's flake. hello, no seam. because it's more processed. now, which do you suppose has better nutrition for you? mmm. great grains. the whole whole grain cereal.
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welcome back to "the early show" on a tuesday morning. most homeowners in the country have seen the value of their homes take a hit but there is one spot real estate prices are going up and up. >> silicon valley near san are francisco, the heart of america's high tech culture. for a lot of folks it was a rough few years. if you are selling a home there now, no matter how much you ask for it, there may be somebody ready to pay and maybe pay more. why? we'll head there for a look to see why things are unrolling differently in that part of the country. >> maybe it's all the money at google. >> could be. >> google it. north carolina averages two shark attacks a year but sharks have injured two people there in the past month alone.
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the most recent victim, just 6 years old, is ready to leave the hospital. we'll speak with her and her parents but first a look at what happened to them a week ago. in the early evening hours last tuesday the mangum family was enjoying summer vacation when their daughter lucy almost lost her life. the incident took place on a popular vacation spot along north carolina's outer banks on ocracoke island. lucy was riding a boogie board near her parents and sister in a foot and a half of water. she was attacked by what bystanders say was a blackfinish shark. bleeding and in serious pain lucy was airlifted to a trauma center in greenville nearly two hours away. >> she had significant lacerations to her calf, ankle and foot and injury to a major vessel that brings blood supply to the foot and leg. >> reporter: although rare,
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shark attacks do occur. so far in 2011, 13 shark attacks have been reported in the united states, none fatal. last month, 10-year-old cassidy cartwright was bitten by a shark on another north carolina beach. >> her leg was just wide open. a lot of blood. >> reporter: coincidentally this youtube video taken two weeks ago on the same island where lucy was attacked shows what is believed to be a black tip reef shark being reeled to shore. sharks and humans often share the same waters but experts say most attacks are a case of mistaken identity. >> sharks really for the most part know what their pray is. they are not out to hunt humans. rarely do they make mistakes. >> reporter: lucy recently told her parents, i hate sharks. i like dolphins way better. joining us now from pitt county hospital in greenville, north carolina are lucy and her
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parents jordan and craig. good morning to you. how are you? >> good morning. >> great. >> lucy, i love your cast, first of all. i want to ask you how are you feeling today? are you doing okay? >> mm-hmm. >> answer really loud. >> yes. >> feeling better? that is a great cast. you'll be one of the coolest kids in school. jordan, how scared were you when this went down? you were only ten feet away from lucy when the shark attack happened. how much does this rattle your cage when it happened? >> it was initially when i first saw what happened, i, of course, was afraid. i knew -- but she was talking to me and actually asking questions right after it happened. i guess i just knew she was going to be okay. it was just a question of her leg and if her leg was going to be -- if she was going to be
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able to use it. >> what was she saying to you? >> well, she said, am i going to die? i said, absolutely not. you're going to be just fine. she said, am i going to walk, am i going to have a wheelchair? these were questions we couldn't answer right away. but once we made our way up onto the beach after craig joined us she asked if we could say a prayer. so she was pretty stoic through the whole thing. >> that tremendously brave little girl. craig, you are an emergency room physician. how long did it take for you to figure out, okay, do i be dad here or doctor? >> well, so initially i saw the wound and i thought, oh, this is something we can take care of at the little hospital in the outer banks. but as soon as i saw the extent of the wound i realized this thing was way too large and it would have to go to a level 1 trauma center. i immediately kicked into -- i
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was father first but realized this is a pretty significant injury. >> she had to be airlifted. they couldn't take the two of you in the chopper. how nerve wracking was it for you to know your daughter who was bitten by a shark was in a helicopter by on her own and it would take four, five hours to get to her? >> i think my background helped there. i had worked in the past with pitt county memorial hospital. i knew they would take care of her when she landed there. i was at ease. i knew she was in good hands. >> jordan, when she does recover and the doctors said it would take six to eight weeks for the achilles injury to recover. are you letting her go back to the water or what? >> definitely. we'll get back on the horse. she loves the beach. >> when you got to figure out what happened could you believe a shark got in that close and attacked your daughter? >> no. in fact, i think it was
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probably -- for me, it was two or three days that it just kind of went on a reel in my head what i sad seen. every time i saw, i just shake my head. unbelievable. >> lucy, before we let you go, i know you start 1st grade this fall. are you excited about going to school and telling everybody what you did this summer? >> are you excited about school? >> mm-hmm. >> you just keep smiling. >> yes. >> you are one tough little girl. that's for sure. you are going to be a big hit at show and tell. i can guarantee that. little lucy mangum is in recovery mode. she's got a great cast on. like mom said, can't wait to get back in the water when she recovers. jordan, craig, we appreciate it. we're glad you are here to share your story with us this morning. >> thank you very much. >> we wish you the best. >> thank you. >> she's adorable.
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>> one tough little girl. >> she has quite a story for "what i did on my summer vacation." poor kid. >> all the kids will want to see what she went through. >> she's so brave, asking all those questions right after. quite a little lady. another quite a lady joins us with a look at the headlines. it's a good thing you can't relate to the shark attack. >> absolutely. my summer's been good compared to that. good morning to you. the two sides in washington are still at odds this morning over raising the nation's borrowing limit. president obama spoke to the nation last night. he accused republicans in congress of creating a dangerous stalemate that could cause the u.s. to run out of money to pay its bills next week. house speaker john boehner responded saying the president is trying to convince republicans to give him a blank check. he said that is not going to happen. breivik is being held in
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solitary confinement this morning after being charged with a killing in europe. he believes war is needed to stem multiculturalism. >> he's sorry that it was necessary, but he says it was necessary. he talks about two cells of norway and several abroad. >> reporter: nor wewegians are mourning after the shootings and bombing. funeral services for amy winehouse today in britain. only friends and close friends were invited to the ceremony. her body will be cremated. the grammy-winning singer was found dead on saturday. the cause of death has not been determined. she had a history of drug and alcohol problems. time for weather. here's what's happening outside your window. good morning. a lot more comfortable than it was three or four hours ago. even with 94 it will be a lot
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more comfortable, certainly less hazy. 94 is going to be the high. it's in the mid-70s. 66, clear tonight cooler. tomorrow sunny, 90 but very, very comfortable. signs of a housing boom. yes, a boochlt jum. just a warning though, you need a lot of cash. in california some of the homes are priced like mansions. ♪ special k protein shakes -- ♪ a truly great-tasting breakfast shake. with 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, it's the creamy, delicious way to satisfy... your hunger to help you lose weight. ♪ so you can kick the tin can habit.
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visit today. you know that these are dismal times in the nation's housing market, but not everywhere. in a few areas including silicon valley in california, home prices are growing. in some communities there they jumped 24% in the last six months. john blackstone tells us why the real estate market there is truly the exception to the rule. >> reporter: in america's troubled housing market there is one leafy place where people are buying and house prices are
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rising like it's 2006 all over again. anything under $1 million is a bargain? >> exactly. >> reporter: katie hammer riggs showed us what less than a million will buy in menlow park, california. >> this is $725,000. >> reporter: i'm sorry. it's a shack. >> yep. >> reporter: it's a shack in the heart of silicon valley. in some parts of the country you would get a mansion for $725,000. >> that's right. this is what you get here. >> reporter: here, the renewed prospect of great wealth growing from young internet companies like facebook, twitter and linkedin is reflected in the housing market. all the new billionaires need a place to live. a prime example of the real estate market here is the five-bedroom house talked behind this gate. it listed for $5 million, sold for $7 million. the buyer, facebook founder mark zuckerberg. >> reporter: people are saying, i don't want to compete with those people when they get their millions. i want to get in now.
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>> reporter: for colette llewellyn and her husband that meant signing papers to sell faster than they ever expected. >> i'm so excited. >> reporter: their house went on the market monday morning and sold monday afternoon. >> we said, full price? they said, yes, full price. >> reporter: that price, $2.15 million, all cash. >> this is a three bedroom, two-bathhouse in a nice neighborhood. still, that's a lot of money. >> reporter: it could have been more. the market here is so hot sellers often get multiple offers, bidding up the price. >> i didn't go down that road. >> reporter: happy not to be greedy, walk away with just $2 million or so. >> yeah. $2 million. you know. considering what we bought it for 30 years ago it's just mind-boggling. >> reporter: 30 years ago they paid $300,000. the couple who just bought it, forrest mozart and kim my mcgee. >> we knew when we walked in, we
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got a house. yep. >> reporter: understand fully why the price is so high. do you blame silicon valley for it? >> absolutely. >> yes. >> too much money here. >> reporter: quite a contrast to the rest of the country drowning in foreclosures and homes that linger unsold for months. here it's just the opposite. lots of eager buyers, few houses. for tucker and amy bine that meant trouble. >> i was pregnant. i thought we had a good six months to find a house before we had the baby. >> reporter: every time they put in an offer, someone else put in a better one. >> we looked for six months, got beat every way, shape and form you could imagine. >> reporter: finally by bidding over the asking price, they got a house. the same week their daughter was born. it looks a lot like what happened across much of the country in 2006 when the housing bubble inflated, just before it
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burst. now, silicon valley may be the only place where buyers see a bargain in a $700,000 shack. john blackstone, cbs news, menlo park, california. >> a lot of cash. still ahead this morning, after years of trouble biloxi, mississippi is booming. we'll take you to the gulf coast port bouncing back from hurricane katrina and the bp oil spill. this is "the early show" on cbs. oh, me too! but mine's lean cuisine, so no preservatives. [ female announcer ] lean cuisine has 90 dishes with no preservatives and quality ingredients like farm-picked broccoli and tender white meat chicken. lean cuisine. to talk about our blueberry juice drinks. they're made with my sweet, ripe blueberries, so they're good for you -- taste real good, too! let's whip up a sample. or just try this. [ chuckles ]
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we can't allow the american people to become collateral damage to washington's political warfare. >> the united states cannot default on its debt obligations. the jobs and savings of too many americans are at stake. >> it may sound in some ways like the president and speaker boehner want the same things. this morning though actually getting to some similar place, they are very far apart on ways to cut spending and raise the debt limits. welcome back to "the early show." i'm erica hill with chris wragge. >> if that doesn't put you in a good mood. it's like thanksgiving dinner. you have two relatives at each side of the table. no matter what you say they will never agree. >> you have to invite them both every year. try the pumpkin pie. >> neither a assured of getting the votes and a grand compromise
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not happening. and time is running out. >> the clock is ticking. president obama said the entire world is watching in his speech last night. he added it looks like the world is tweeting about it, too, if you do some perusing of twitter. jim axelrod reports on the growing outrage over the stalemate in washington. >> reporter: this past saturday night jeff jarvis had just about enough. >> i'm watching the evening news, seeing the latest on the debt crisis, getting mad. i go back to twitter. >> reporter: a journalism professor with 75,000 twitter followers, jarvis put out a message in plain, though off-color english. >> i said, hey, washington, it is our economy, our money so [ bleep ] you. >> reporter: like the angry anchor man from "network" in 1976 -- >> i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this anymore. >> reporter: jarvis touched a nerve of outrage.
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people took the tweet and ran with their own specifics. [ bleep ] you, washington, for having the compromising skills of a 3-year-old or for enslaving off future generations with the largest debt in history. there were 64,000 tweets. >> one said there was a large pile of dry tinder and i threw a match on it. people are mad about the current so-called crisis and they wanted to get it off their chest. >> reporter: 79% of americans are angry or dissatisfied with washington. more blame republicans than the president. it's outrage spreading beyond the borders of the u.s. >> it comes from a few right wing nutters in the american congress. >> reporter: modern technology clearly made it easier than ever for people to express themselves. >> the beauty of it is you can hear the voice of the country. not mediated by media or by government or anybody else.
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real people were talking, saying what they wished government would do that it is not doing. >> reporter: even if you still have to read all about it. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> as for what's at stake here one bipartisan think tank predicts the treasury will collect $172 billion in revenue in august, far short of the $306 billion in payments the government is scheduled to make in august. with that news here's chris with a very uplifting story. >> in the last six years biloxi, mississippi, on the gulf coast suffered one setback after another. from hurricane katrina to the bp oil spill. this year, no more biloxi blues. things are looking up and mark strassmann got a firsthand look. >> reporter: you remember this. rising steel, construction workers, dreams backed by money. before the recession took both away. in biloxi, mississippi, you can see it again all over this historic gulf coast city.
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finally, brent's family is rebuilding sharkhead's, a third generation souvenir shop and landmark here. hurricane katrina took their store in 1995 along with much of the beach front. they have a smaller store but hope to thrive in the new construction. 27,000 square feet of retail space. >> at the end of 2010 we started driving pylons. we are going full force to open in march of 2012. >> reporter: suddenly biloxi has what so many american communities want -- a new building boom. dozens of projects with more developers applying for building permits every week. it's not the number of projects here but the size and value. roughly $300 million since last year, almost triple the value of new construction biloxi has seen each year during the recession. >> this brings another element to biloxi that we have needed. >> reporter: jerry creel, the community development director
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here, showed us biloxi's new project. margaritaville. jimmy b jimmy buffet's vision. >> we have restaurant, retail, a super walmart under construction. all of it adds up. >> reporter: local leaders hope it adds up to something else -- jobs. margaritaville alone is expected to create up to 650 jobs. good news for a city battling a 9.3 unemployment rate. >> i think lending has eased up in the past year. >> reporter: during the recession, banks tough bed credit requirements. now the purse strings seem to be loosening. >> the projects have the funding approved before they even come into our office. that's the biggest difference between this year and last year. >> reporter: an overdue break in a community battered by bad luck. hurricane katrina, a stubborn recession and last summer's bp spill.
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something else is different now. people's confidence is back. a bit of the old swagger. >> boom, boom right after another. we feel like america's on the uptick now and it's a good time to go ahead and start our project. >> reporter: people here sense just maybe they are on a role again. mark strassmann, cbs news, biloxi, mississippi. >> joining us now from jackson, the state capital is haley barbour, the governor. welcome. >> thanks, chris. >> we have talked about the swagger of the gulf coast city battered by hurricane katrina, the recession and the oil spill. i want to show a graphic of the money people have been pouring in. $117 million in residential, $716 million in commercial. what do you think accounts for the surge in rebuilding of the area? >> i thought jerry said it well. the money is loosening up a
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little bit. remember, biloxi had other issues. right after hurricane katrina which obliterated the beach, first they had to rebuild beach boulevard, as we call it, u.s. 90. all of the water and sewer which was located in the right of way north of the highway, well, the highway got moved as far north as possible for obvious reasons. then they had to move the water and sewer. they had complications, federal issues about what the government would allow them to do. they were a little slower than some of the other communities right after katrina. you mentioned the recession and then the oil spill, while it wasn't an environmental disaster for mississippi's gulf coast because we were cleaning up what oil weave got every day when it got here, it was a huge economic disaster because it crushed our tourism business. biloxi is a wonderful, world class destination resort. it paid the price. >> are you surprised it made the
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comeback? with all you talked about it's a lot for one city to take. >> i'm not really surprised. i watched the people on the mississippi gulf coast after hurricane katrina. they are tough, strong self-reliant people. a lot of people would say biloxi came back more slowly because it had issues other places didn't, but it's blowing and going now. >> were investors reticent to come back to the area? it seems as though you have been hit with bad luck there the last six years. >> the big issue is insurance. insurance against the mega disaster is something you get from the federal government from flood insurance and those issues had a lot of effect on people particularly in the first couple of years after hurricane katrina. not just in biloxi but all across the coast. that was an impediment. as a people got insurance issues straightened out then you got into, in 2007 and 2008, the beginning of a serious recession
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that's still hurting some places. >> you have a boom now in construction like we have mentioned. your unemployment rate which mark mentioned, 9.3% which is above the national average. what's the disconnect with the jobs being created and the construction but you still have high unemployment? >> if you look there are three counties on the gulf coast. biloxi is in harrison county. the other two are jackson and hancock. both have higher employment today than they did at the time of hurricane katrina. harrison county has lower employment than at the time of katrina, fewer people working. i think the gaming industry has not come back as fast and as strong. that's not unique to mississippi. if you look at las vegas, atlantic city and other places. so gaming doesn't employ as many people. statewide, we are about 2% below record employment. we still push to try to get back to the record set in 2008. >> governor, thank you for your time. good to talk with you. >> thank you, chris.
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>> governor haley barbour, mississippi. >> unemployment, i spent a lot of time in biloxi after hurricane katrina. nice to see it coming back. the devastation was incredible. but the people were phenomenal. >> southern coast. >> betty is at the news desk with a check of the headlines. good morning. >> good morning. a new analysis of census data out this morning shows the recession caused a sharp decline in wealth for most americans, but hispanics were hit hardest. the study found from 2005 to 2009 the media net wealth of hispanic americans dropped by 66%. it cropped 54% for asians, 53% for blacks and 16% for whites. chrysler had a bad second quarter. the maut maker reported a $370 million loss but chrysler said it would have turned a profit if it hadn't had to pay back the
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government bailout loan. the lawyer for anders breivik said he believes his client is insane. he pleaded not guilty in the deaths of at least 76 people. his lawyer said he claims to have had contact with other secret terror cells. >> he's sorry that it was necessary, but it was necessary, he says. he talks about two cells in norway and several abroad. >> reasons the hearing was closed, do you feel he might send signals? >> to the other cells? >> despite claims about other terror cells police believe he acted alone in the friday attacks. outside the main cathedral in oslo, flowers, flags and candles fill the streets. eight people are dead from a car bombing there on friday. today the justice minister said some employees from his department are still missing.
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memorials to the dead have sprung up also at the lake where at least 68 people were shot to death at an island campground. the island is closed as police continue their investigation. a private funeral is being held for amy winehouse today. only family and close friends were invited. the grammy-winning singer was found dead last week. the cause of death has not been determineded. she had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. bob schieffer has a preview of tonight's cbs "evening news". >> the debt limit debate is a heated stand-off. we'll show you how some congressman who were pushing for spending cuts are still putting millions of your tax dollars toward their own expensive pet projects. that story tonight on "the cbs evening news". >> 12 minutes past the hour and marysol castro has a check of the weather. >> good morning. the focus of severe weather hugs the canadian coast. we are looking at golf ball-size
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hail, gusty winds and we are focused on minneapolis and fargo. these storms last throughout the day. along with wind, hail and rain. some areas could see three inches of rain and they don't need it. if you are on vacation or live in the southeast it's not a great day on the beach. temperatures in the 90s with gusty winds 10 to 25 miles per hour with spotty rain over the next 24 hours. might be a good day to stay good morning. it's looking pretty hazy. believe it or not that is a marked improvement from when the sun came up at 5:00. the day will be getting more comfortable, partly cloudy. 94 degrees going to be the high this day, 10 degrees cooler with a 66-degree low under clear skies. sunnnn
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now here's erica. hello. welcome back. >> by the way, why don't we play scrabble later? >> thank you. >> done. this morning would you eat healthier if you had a pay a big tax on the not so healthy thing like french fries? nutrition experts tell us why they think taxing junk foods would save money and help everyone eat and live better. this is "the early show" on cbs. . like new splenda® essentials™ no calorie sweeteners. this bowl of strawberries is loaded with vitamin c. and now, b vitamins to boot. coffee doesn't have fiber. unless you want it to. get more with new splenda® essentials™, a small boost of fiber, or antioxidants, or b vitamins in every packet. same great taste with an added "way to go, me" feeling.
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eat what they want when they want. cbs news correspondent michelle miller has more. >> what is that? >> cheeseburger. >> reporter: for the nation that created cheap fast food we are paying a hefty toll. >> chips, pretzels, big cheeseburgers loaded with saturated fat and calories. >> reporter: when it comes to what we eat, many americans are making bad choices. >> soft drinks have been treated like water. like it's part of the average meal. >> reporter: poor consumers are often priced out of healthier options because fresher foods cost more. with the percentage of obese adults doubling in the past 30 years and the percentage of obese children tripling, the annual health care cost of obesity soared to over $100 billion. >> we ought to start discouraging the consumption of junk food, soda and hyper processed foods the way we
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discouraged smoking. >> reporter: some industry experts including mark bittman thinks soda and junk foods should be taxed like cigarettes. >> the way we discouraged smoking and continue to discourage smoking is we tax cigarettes a lot in some states, and we force the tobacco companies to contribute money to anti-smoking programs. now if we taxed soda and junk food similarly and began a huge public health campaign that said this is the way we ought to eat, we might see similar results. >> reporter: according to yale's red center a national penny per ounce on sweetened beverages would generate $13 billion a year in tax revenues. call it a junk food tax and whole foods subsidy. raise the price of foods high in fat, calories and preservatives and drop the cost of fresh vegetables, fruits and other organic perishables. how much did you pay for the
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chips. >> a dollar. >> reporter: if they were $2 more would you still buy them? >> no. they would be too expensive for a snack. >> reporter: some say a new tax is the last thing we need. it could mean a healthier america. >> that's a healthy lunch. >> reporter: michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> one columbia university study estimates one penny on every ounce of sweet beverages would save $13 billion in health care costs over the next decade. still ahead a look at places to retire on a budget. we are talking low costs, high quality living. we'll tell you where to find it. this is "the early show" on cbs. ♪ i found a new love a natural true love ♪ ♪ that comes from a little green leaf ♪ ♪ zero-calorie, guilt-free no artificiality ♪ ♪ my skinny jeans zipped in relief ♪ [ announcer ] truvia. honestly sweet.
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hello again. i'm jessica kartalija. let's go to marty. >> humid temperatures. noticeably less humid, much more so than that. now over to sharon gibala. watch for that accident between 795 and liberty road. another accident at warren road closed between rose bank and cove. in the city flankery lane an accident at the city county line with the lines down. a downed tree in cockeysville on
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cuba road. that will be blocking all lanes. take falls road and block nicholas. take shamrock avenue. taking a live look, that is the accident on the harrisburg expressway. it does not seem to be slowing things down. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm. we're following breaking news out of northeast baltimore. a fire on nicholas avenue has claimed two lives. a third person was taken to bayview medical center. no word on how the fire started. we'll bring you the latest as it becomes available no marylanders are keeping a close eye on the debt battle and many are getting worried as the clock ticks down . >> reporter: many marylanders say they're not only worried but
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truss treated. hundreds turned out on the lawn of the social security administration headquarters in woodlawn to make sure their benefits are not cut. there arer inly 300,000 federal workers with $60 billion in federal contracts, all in jeopardy. one of the leading credit agencies put maryland on notice saying if the united states dids in default, it would affect the perfect credit rating. 73,000 fans watched the world's best skateboarders and bmx riders, including dundalk's bucky lasek. up next, bear attack. an alaskan teen speaks up. we take a look at some of the best places in america to
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welcome back to "the early show." chris wragge along with erica hill who is back from a successful week and a day off, not that i was counting. >> not that you were counting. it was successful. >> good to have you back. >> thanks. >> the oldest baby boomers are turning 65. many plan to stay where they have been for years. others will have to return to communities that are more affordable.
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not retirement homes. i'm sorry, mom and dad. coming up, we look at a new list of the best retirement places around the country. if you're watching your budget, you can find them from maine to oklahoma to washington state. >> what's nice about the communities we'll highlight for you is they are affordable if you want to retire but they don't feel like you are giving anything up. you could be gaining something. also ahead, how about a little noodling? not canoodling. noodling. >> early for that. >> basically it's grabbing a catfish with your bare hands. it was illegal in texas. someone said, you know what? we need to do this. who better to try it out than tyler mcgill. superman makes his way to a noodling adventure in texas. >> looks fun. can't wait to get to that. first we are hearing more from a group of teenagers attacked by a bear in the alaska wilderness. one victim said they made a mistake. they ran instead of playing dead
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as they were told. he also said they were sure they were going to die. for seven teenagers a hike through alaska's backcountry was supposed sto be the adventure of a lifetime but soon it turned into a nightmare. >> it was terrifying. >> reporter: noah was second in line as the campers crossed a stream single file. suddenly a startled grizzly bear attacked the first in line as the others ran. the bear chased them, mauling four people. and the bear bit my side. >> reporter: sam was one of the most seriously injured. >> i looked behind me and the bear was behind me. so i started running down the hill. it tackled me on the way down. it was running between the four i thought i was going to die when i was being attacked. i was so scared. >> reporter: shane garlock wasn't hurt but is haunted by what he witnessed. >> the screaming that i could hear from my friends and the growls from the bear which were loud and deep and then the
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screaming was just helpless screaming. i can hear it in my head. >> reporter: the attack happened north of anchorage. the students on a survival course with an outdoor leadership school earned the privilege to test their skills without a guide. >> i don't think we would have made it through the night if we hadn't received the wilderness first aid we had. >> reporter: they say worse than the attack was the nearly 8-hour wait to be rescued. >> the chaos, disbelief and confusion going on really was overwhelming to handle. >> reporter: the young men set up tents and treated the injured students' wounds. . one fashioned a tourniquet from a garbage bag and ace bandage. >> you're watching your buddies go through serious trauma. the only thing you can do is try >> reporter: for the seven campers that are night in the alaskan wilderness became the ultimate survival test. >> we have been through something i don't think anybody
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can say they have been through. we have a connection that goes beyond words. >> lucky, i guess. >> whoa. >> do you want to call it lucky? >> they survived the attack. >> that's just it and they knew -- they made the mistake of not playing dead. a bear is coming at you? how many people will drop to the ground and play dead? >> yeah. >> they were able to take care of one another and wait it out. >> says a lot about the character of the kids. not bad. two of the students are still hospitalized. one is in serious condition. the other is in good condition. hopefully we'll get good updates on that. >> betty nguyen has another look at the headlines. good morning. >> good morning. in new york this morning the new head of the international monetary fund christine lagarde warned that failure to solve the u.s. and european debt crisis will lead to new global financial problems. >> they don't have the luxury of time. i think there is an expectation that things now have to happen
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and have to be delivered not only on the part of the countries directly concerned but also on the part of the governments that have actually, as i said, put money where their mouth was. >> lagarde made it clear to democrats and republicans in washington that there will be a negative impact on the rest of the global economy as there is no agreement on raising the u.s. debt ceiling. in the next 14 months, seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs will become available in generic form. that's real pain relief for consumers but not for the companies that developed the drugs. >> prescription celebrex -- >> reporter: drug companies spent billions building up their most popular pills. >> one pill a day, every day can reduce pain. >> reporter: now many drug patents are expiring aloug some of the biggest brand names to be p swallowed up by generic competitors. >> once they go generic, the prices are very low. >> reporter: that's good news
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for marvelene bickerstaff. she takes nine different medications and it's not cheap. >> at least $200 a month. that's why i still work. i'm 74 years old now. >> reporter: her diabetes drug byetta costs $75 a month. she begs her doctor for samples to cut costs. it and others will be offered in generic versions. two of the biggest to go generic, lipitor in november and blood thinner plavix in may, 2012. generic drugs cost 20% to 80% less than brand names. so pharmaceutical company profits are expected to plunge. it's hard to feel sorry for big drug companies but a portion of the massive profits goes into creating new drugs. with less money coming in they could cut back on innovation and jobs. for marvelene bickerstaff, the
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savings could be $50 a month. >> that's lunch money for two or three if you're still working. >> reporter: working to pay for her medication. >> what can you call this but holy toledo? in south toledo, ohio there is ivy growing wild and some say this particular clump has taken the shape of jesus. it appears to have a head and an arm that partially stretches across the road toward the church. hmm. what do you think, marysol? >> that's not marysol. >> no. >> hey! >> divine intervention there. what's going on? >> i don't know. if jesus heals, god bless them. sorry. here we go with the national outlook. the northeast looks nice. northern new england seeing spotty showers throughout the afternoon. the same situation in the south. severe storms in the way northern plains but the heat
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continues in the center of the country. nine states have a heat advisory, watch or warning. oklahoma city, 107. st. louis is 97. that's actually a little bit cooler than it was over the weekend. so enjoy it while it lasts. in the pacific northwest, things look nice. 72 in doom. 22 minutes before the hour. temps in the mid-70s. it's getting less humid, more comfortable with each passing hour. 94 the high, less humid. that counts this day. i know that. we call that beauty shot. looks stuffy. it's a lot better than it was three hours ago. that's your latest weather.
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erica? >> thanks. a new study shows most baby boomers haven't thought about where they want to live when they retire. aarp the magazine has done research and is out with a list of the most affordable and most desirable retirement locations across the country. joining us to go through them, carmen wong ulrich, author of "the real cost of living." it's been too long. >> good to be here. >> what did aarp use as the criteria? >> affordable doesn't mean you always want to live there but it means low state taxes. low unemployment and low foreclosure rates. you want a vibrant community. we look to climate because it's cheaper when colder. they look to culture. >> they found plenty of places across the country. we'll start in winchester, virginia. what makes it desirable? >> 75 miles from d.c. if you're an american history buff this place is loaded with
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american war history and has low median housing prices. very partial taxes on pension. no social security tax and the sales and property tax rates really some of the lowest on the list around 5%. >> plenty to do. portland, maine, beautiful area. >> beautiful. >> lots of lobster. >> it's gorgeous. if you're a foodie this may be heaven. forbes voted portland the number one most livable small city in america in 2009. the median housing price is higher. there is a trade-off here. there is social security tax. the property tax rate is high but you're making a trade with the great local cuisine and activities. lots to do. >> and naturewise it's gorgeous. you can get a lot of places from portland. >> it's the business and retail capital of maine. >> i like maine. also on the list, tulsa, oklahoma. >> this is a surprise. it's a small city. but incredible living conditions.
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the median home price is so low. $125,000. >> wow. >> look at the sales tax rate and property tax rate. very low. did you know it's not just city? 125 parks. 109 tennis courts. >> my goodness. >> there is a lot to do in tulsa and a great arts community. >> gainesville, georgia. what makes it spectacular? >> they have 8 million visitors a year. tremendous. it's beautiful. manmade lakes, lots of wildlife. median housing price really low. you see the sales and property tax rate. still moderate. 50 miles from atlanta. so if you want to go to the city you have the option. >> from atlanta you can get to anywhere from that airport. we saved the best for last. in washington, wanatchee. i love saying that. >> it was a neverending pool of things to do. if you like to retire on a lawn chair this is not the place for
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you. lots of activity. median housing price is a little bit higher. but there is so much to do. we have rodeo festivals, car shows, mariachi festival, boating, racing, hiking. if you want to do anything outdoors, 300 days of sunshine. >> really?t to do anything sign a girl up, even before retirement. carmen, great to have you here. >> thanks, erica. >> this morning more same-sex couples are rushing to the altar in new york. 45 couples said their "i do" in niagara falls. sunday, day one of gay marriage in the state we found one of the city's top wedding photographers donating time and talent at new york's city hall. this is great. the women up there? that's awesome. and a bride online. oh, my goodness. i have been photographing weddings and parties for years. there isn't any place in the world i would rather be than
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here at city hall with these couples literally coming out and sharing their love of the world in new york. >> thank you. >> my husband made this. >> i love it. >> i'm thrilled to be here. thank you so much. awesome. >> today we followed and photographed two incredible couples. >> i love new york! >> we don't want to wait a minute more. not a minute more than we have to already. >> robin and sarah are a unique couple. they were here with their children, their family and relatives. ♪ >> we are here today to celebrate the love these two women have for each other. >> i promise to keep you close and be your home. >> really fun to write our vows
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and get to say them. >> i now pronounce you married people. please share a kiss. [ cheers and applause ] >> we have a couple that both wore kilts and are both scottish. >> it's our 7-year anniversary. we wanted to do something amazing, something special. we really wanted to be part of this historic day. >> there were tears brewing out of each of the gentleman's eyes being in the room with a judge and their loved ones was just spectacular. it gave me goose bumps. [ cheers and applause ] >> today has been so amazing. so high energy. just an honor to be a part of history. >> after over 20 years of shooting weddings, yeeha.
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>> in our eyes, that piece of paper validates our love for each other. [ applause ] >> congratulations to all the happy couples. up next, does this sound like fun? catching a huge biting fish with your hands? it's a sport in some places. tyler mcgill reeled in the story which you do not want to miss. that's next here on cbs. ,,,,,,,,
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ever tried noodling? >> nope. >> me neither. it's fishing where you don't use any equipment but your bare hands. >> right. >> and it's dangerous. which is why we sent tyler mcgill out there to give it a shot. what's up there, big fellow? >> how you doing? >> your middle name is danger. >> we love you. >> there are people who find traditional rod and reel fishing
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boring. they prefer to be in the water, face to face with a catfish. seemed nuts to me. we went to texas where noodling was legalized to see what the sport is all about. ♪ >> my name is louis and i'm 42 from austin, texas. >> you won't have trouble in this hole. >> brady nelson, i'm 30. i have been noodling 16 years. >> i have been fishing since i was 12 years old. ♪ >> reporter: 40 miles east of dallas on a murky texas lake, we set out with a group of fishermen to experience noodling. >> noodling is catching fish with your hands. you work up your courage to stick your hand into that fish residence and coax him to bite you. >> you can see it's kind of
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sandpapery. >> i got bit. i have been hooked ever since. >> grab him as tight as you can under there. if it's a big fish you put both hands in its mouth. >> reporter: some people think you have to be a man to noodle. >> what do you recommend. >> no brain. >> reporter: others say you have to be stupid. >> ow! >> i have done a lot of crazy stuff. i don't think i will stick my hand up in a fish's mouth. >> reporter: for the few who do it is not just a sport. it's a passion. >> i have been around the world, done a lot of hunting and fishing. been chased by lions and elephants. i don't think anything creates the level of excitement as wrestling these fish. >> reporter: until recently, noodling was outlawed in texas. >> before it was legal it was a covert activity. you would go out at night, wait for all the other fishermen to be off the lake. >> a little night noodling.
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it's fun not having to look over your shoulder. >> reporter: opponents say grabbing catfish would deplete the fish population. fans of the sport argue it's different from another form of fishing or hunting. >> you hunt turkey, deer during breeding. the fishing is best during spawn for crappy and bass. >> reporter: so brady fought for the sport to be legalized and he won. we were there for his first legal hand-caught catfish. >> first legal fish. not one to write home about for his size, but the momentousness of the occasion is big for me. >> i got him! >> reporter: on our day it was the smallest guy who caught the biggest fish. a solid 40-pounder.
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♪ >> reporter: everyone agrees it's a team effort with good reason. >> go straight down the middle and you should be able to feel him. >> there is a little bit of a danger element when you're hand fishing. >> pull him up. >> it's spooky because there are turtles, snakes. >> you wouldn't wish it on your worst enemy to grab a poisonous snake in his environment. >> reporter: after noodling my first catfish -- >> yeah! >> reporter: it's easy to understand why the risks and pain are worth it. >> i got him. >> reporter: it's you and the fish. you have no weapons, the fish has no weapons. sometimes you win. sometimes you lose. that's about everything in life. >> reporter: it's about as awe ten tick -- authentic american
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tradition you can get. >> from everybody on a crackberry all day to go down to the bare essentials of what we are and interact with mother nature. >> he has a shoe in his mouth. >> and have the thrill of the wrestling match with the fish, that's a beautiful thing. >> powwwow. did you realize the momentousness of the occasion? >> it was big for those guys. they have been doing it covertly. it's scary during the day. you have no idea what's in there. >> at night, the water's murky. you have serious war wounds. you're still recovering. we saw at the end of the piece there. >> basically when you get in, especially a big one, it cuts up your hand. i got my elbow infected and scarred my arm. when they hit you, they will cut. then you're in water and it's not the most sanitary conditions where the catfish are living.
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hello again. it is 8:55. i'm jessica kartalija. let's go to marty. hello again, marty. >> let's take a look at the forecast. 94 degrees will be the high today. it will be a less humid day. believe it or not, the humidity is peeling out even as we speak. it's a lot more comfortable now than it was say five hours ago. clear, 66 overnight, relatively cool. relatively, heck, 10 degrees cooler than at this time yesterday. hot, plenty of sun tomorrow. you have to say hot is 90. it will be a comfortable sunny day. get hot, humid again on friday close to 100 back into the low 90s saturday and sun day. take it away. thanks. we continue to follow that breaking news out of northeast
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baltimore. a fire on nicholas avenue has claimed two lives. a third person was taken to bay view medical center. still no identity on those killed. we'll bring you the latest as it becomes available. the looming deadline for raising the debt ceiling is causing concern for many here in maryland. andrea fujii has the story. >> reporter: many marylanders say they're not only worried but frustrated. hundreds turned out on the lawn of the social security administration headquarters in woodlawn. there are nearly 300,000 workers in maryland with $60 billion in contracts all in jeopardy if the debt ceiling isn't raise the. maryland has been put on notice saying if the united states goes in default, it would affect the credit rating. a former elementary school
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teacher will avoid jail time after pleading dpil ti to possessing child pornography. he pleaded dpil ti to keeping more than 700 photos have you children on his computer. he will forfeit his license and register as a sex offender. the so-called east coast rapist may be connected to another sexual assault in prince george's county. police linked aaron thomas to a 1999 rape case. detectives say similar tests connected him to 17 other rapes up and down the east coast. thomas has plead not guilty. a missing baby is back home in the city after police arrest his alleged kidnapper in washington, d.c. police say jonae boozer disappeared with 7-month-old ki'yauhn birch on friday after the father left him' loan with her. the baby was not hurt.
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